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It’s been a year….


Wow, I can’t believe that a year has gone by since I left my part-time position at my LYS.  What a difference a year makes!

It was a great year for my business, Yankee Dyer Yarns, as I was able to dedicate more of my time and energy to moving forward.  During this year, I purchased equipment to make the dying process easier on my hands.  My hands patted myself on the back for that one as I almost crippled myself.  I was able to get my yarns in a couple of designers hands.  Rosemary (Romi) Hill will be designing with it this year and Laura Nelkin is using 315 mini skeins of a specially dyed color in her current Magpie Mystery KAL.  It was a huge thrill for me!

Social media plays so much of a role.  I’ve been Tweeting, not twearking!  Our Etsy shop has regular customers and I have quite a few followers on Twitter and I have even met one this fall.

At Maryland Sheep and Wool I got to meet the Queen of Wool, Ms. Clara Parkes.  It was quite by accident, I promise that I wasn’t stalking her.  I was waiting for a booth to open and out she came.  I got to hug her twice and she said she knew me (Twitter), and it was a big thrill.  I also got to meet Jill Draper, of Jill Makes Stuff and she was so lovely.  I have found that most everyone in the wool industry are helpful and just as nice as can be.

I stepped up my knitting this year and challenged myself is new ways!  That’s always fun, especially when you achieve something awesome.

My family and friends continue to love and support me in all the ways that matter.  I am blessed and take nothing for granted.

I am waiting on some news that will take things to the next level.  I can’t talk about it yet, but I will know something on Wednesday.  I’ll keep you posted.

I adore my new sweater!  I just need to get the buttons on and it will be complete!!

I hope you enjoyed my year in review.

See you soon….



I’m off……ALONE….

I hope that you are all still filled with the spirit of the season.  We had a lovely Christmas and I got over the “not having any company, feeling because I got to stay in my pajamas.   You know me and my pajamas, it’s just a match made in heaven.

I may have mentioned that my parents went to Iceland this Fall, and I told my mom to check out the yarn in the grocery store.  Not that I have been there, but others have seen this great phenomenon and I wanted mom and dad to see it.  Well, they surprised me with 4 beautiful skeins of Lopi yarn and a beautiful book of Icelandic Knitting including the history and some drop dead patterns.  Also under the tree was a knitters footrest that is really great for my knees and back and another great book, The Yarn Whisperer by Clara Parkes.  I perused Chapter 1 and already laughed out loud several times.  I’ll save that for when I get back.

Back you ask?  Yes, I am going ALONE to visit my parents.  I will be ALONE  at the airport.  I won’t have the restroom argument with the boy.  I will be ALONE on the plane, well, not really, but you get my drift.  If you are a parent who hasn’t been ALONE  in a long time, this is a precious gift.

What I have to look forward to is quality time with my parents, brothers and their families, my beautiful nieces and all to grown up nephew, he’s 13….I try to be cool, I really do.  I will get some quality time with my Aunt and Uncle and a few friends.  I will also be getting a massage.  Since I am leaving with some sort of kink in my neck, this will be most enjoyed.  There will be more food and no child asking me if I am asleep.  I am packing all sorts of wooly items because it’s going to be cold.  My new hat is coming with me as is my Romi Shawl that I did this summer.  It will be perfect for New Year’s Eve.

I am off to get things organized with the boys I am leaving at home.

I’m taking the laptop with me, so we will be in touch.

Have a happy day,


Sheep and Wool….Day 1 and 2

The heavens blessed us with the most perfect weather for our Sheep and Wool festival.  So many people were proudly wearing hand knits and there were shawls galore, all so beautiful.  One of my favorite things that happens is the admiring of the knitting lovelies.  Everywhere you here, Oh, I love your shawl, your sweater, your socks?  It was truly a weekend of knitterly love!!!

We got there early, around 8:00 am and we casually browsed around and admired the sheep.


When it was close to 9:00 am, my friend Sue and I headed for Spirit Trail Fibers. They weren’t quite ready. So we waited. As they drew back their tarps to reveal all the fibery goodness, out comes Clara Parkes!!  I just about fell over.  Of course, I was star struck.  Out of my mouth I blurt, you are Clara Parkes, and she sweetly says yes, and we hug and I tell her that I am The Yankee Dyer (on Twitter) and she says, I KNOW YOU and we hug again….!  My friend Sue snaps a picture and I realize that I never told her my real name and now I feel like a complete idiot.  I told her I loved her books.  I think that I am still on the “Clara Cloud”.  And would you believe that there are people, aka knitters, that do not know who she is?  That is just wrong on so many levels!  It was the highlight to my day.  I mean seriously, best day eva!!!!  We did take a picture but I’m not going to post it because it’s not really all that flattering to either of us!

We had fun at Spirit Trail Fibers!  I have future plans for a few of their yarns and some Anne Hanson patterns.

The Mum

The Mum

Here baby was shy.

Her baby was shy.

Day 2 was attended with my hubby and son and friend Sue.  Another beautiful day and great things to see that we didn’t see on Saturday because it was so packed.  I totally preferred going on Sunday. We got to see the end of the Sheep to Shawl competition and the auction where one of the fabulous shawls went for over $800.  They were true works of art.  In case you are wondering what Sheep to Shawl is.  It begins at 8:00 am with the shearing of the sheep and then the wool is carded and spun and then they weave a shawl and it needs to be done by 12:00 noon!  You wouldn’t believe how beautiful they were.  Of course, I have no pictures.

I also got to meet Ms. Jill Draper of Jill Makes Stuff.  She is positively lovely and I enjoyed chatting with her and did introduce myself using both my names…duh!  Jill was recently featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine. My other regret is that I was so starstruck that I forgot to buy some of her yarn. Yeah, I was off my “A” game.  Here is a decent picture of me and Jill.

Jill Draper

Jill Draper

We had a wonderful time!  I bought some needles and a couple of patterns and funny buttons and 2 skeins of yarn and a 5 lb. bucket of Citric Acid that the Earth Guild was kind enough to bring with them to save me shipping! I thank you.

We ended Sunday with this. I believe that they are called Ribbon Chips, I just call them yummy!


Hope you had a wonderful weekend too!